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For Immediate Release:
April 1, 2011

Do the Math Challenge Peel
Community leaders reflect on taking the challenge to fight poverty in Peel

WHAT: The Do the Math Challenge Peel asked local community leaders and residents to live for five days on a diet similar to what a person with low-income receives from a food bank. Local community leaders took the Challenge from March 28 to April 1 and documented their experiences on a community blog at http://dothemathpeelregion.wordpress.com  

Meet with the participants as they share their thoughts about the Challenge, learn more about poverty in Peel and what they’re doing about it.


There are many reasons why…

Poverty rates are growing in Peel.
Poverty affects our most vulnerable residents

Greater empathy is needed for those living in poverty.
Charity is not enough.


Peel’s campaign is being coordinated by the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee, led by the United Way of Peel Region and Region of Peel. Local community leaders participating in the challenge include: Shelley White, CEO, United Way of Peel Region; Janet Menard, Commissioner of Human Services, Region of Peel; Monty Laskin, Executive Director, Caledon Community Services; Edna Toth, Chair, Peel Poverty Action Group; Shirley-Ann Teal, Superintendent, Peel District School Board – and many more!


Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1-2 p.m

WHERE: Knight’s Table, 116 Kennedy Rd. S., Unit 6, Brampton, ON L6W 3E7 (back of building)


We ask guests and media attending to please bring two non-perishable items to donate to the Knight’s Table food bank.

The Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee was formed in response to the growing and critical issue of poverty in Peel. Co-chaired by United Way of Peel Region and the Region of Peel, its work is aligned with the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy, Breaking the Cycle and is building on the Region of Peel’s 2005 Strategic Review of Poverty to create a regional strategy that addresses the root causes of poverty in Peel.



Lisa DiMenna,
Communication Services, Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4519

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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